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Monday 04, Feb 2013

  Deer Antler Spray Would Not Deliver IGF-1

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Deer Antler Spray Would Not Deliver IGF-1

A Johns Hopkins professor has remarked that even if Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had made use of deer antler spray, his body would have never absorbed the banned substance IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) that is claimed by the manufacturer.

There is no scientifically accepted way to deliver IGF-1 orally, said Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who runs a lab studying growth hormone deficiency and has been on the Hopkins faculty since 1998. He said it is not possible for the hormone to come from a spray. The hormone, IGF-1, is used for treating a rare form of dwarfism known as Laron syndrome and other health complications where children fail to process or produce growth hormone. Insulin-like growth factor occurs naturally in the body and is produced as a result of the increase presence of human growth hormone (HGH).

In a recent article, Sports Illustrated disclosed that Lewis was connected to S.W.A.T.S. — Sports with Alternatives to Steroids — a company that has marketed alternative health supplements and products to athletes. The magazine story quotes S.W.A.T.S. co-founder Christopher Key as telling a group of college football players that the deer antler spray of the company includes IGF-1, which is a hormone banned by most major sports organizations including the NFL. Key claims that the deer-antler products made by SWATS “helped the body repair, regrow and rejuvenate” and that “you will never fail a drug test from taking our product.” He went on to add that his company has sold its products to more than 20 college football players each at Southeastern Conference schools Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, LSU, and Georgia.

Dean Nieves of Florida-based Bio Lab Naturals remarked that IGF-1 is very stable and it cannot exist outside of a very controlled environment. He added that it is disingenuous to make claims like deer antler spray or pills can deliver insulin-like growth factor, and the subsequent benefits like muscle growth and increased energy. Dean added that the substance is essentially an uncomplicated, “super-concentrated” and natural protein by the time the harvested antlers are broken down and processed to be sold. The deer antler spray is made by clipping still-growing antlers on deer or elk and then extracting those nutrients.

Meanwhile, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he “never, ever took” the stuff and described himself as “agitated,” not angry that this story has become part of the Super Bowl-week prelude to Baltimore’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis added that he is sure that his teammates would not get distracted by the Sports Illustrated report. The Ravens linebacker is the leading tackler in the NFL post-season after returning from a torn right triceps that sidelined him for 10 games. The 2001 Super Bowl MVP Lewis called the whole episode a “joke” and a “trick of the devil” and added that he told teammates not to get disturbed.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Lewis told him that there is nothing to the story and he has never taken any of that thing ever. When asked about the deer antler spray, San Francisco’s tight end Vernon Davis said he does not think Ray Lewis would take any substance.

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Saturday 02, Feb 2013

  Baltimore Ravens Star Ordered Deer Antler Spray

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Baltimore Ravens Star Ordered Deer Antler Spray

A new report alleges that Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis ordered the deer-antler spray along with deer-antler pills and other products from a company with ties to performance enhancing drugs.

According to a report in the Sports Illustrated, the Ravens star sought help from the company Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS) in October after he tore his right triceps. The magazine reported that SWATS owner Mitch Ross recorded a call with Lewis hours after injury to the player in a game against Dallas. It was further reported that Lewis asked the owner of SWATS to send him deer-antler spray and pills, along with other products made by the company.

The company revealed that the hormone is harvested from deer in New Zealand. Deer-antler spray and pills contain a hormone termed IGF-1 that is believed to assist in muscle recovery. Sports Illustrated said the product is banned by the NCCA and every major professional league though SWATS claims their product is natural as a food. The spray, made of antler extract, is sprayed under the tongue and is believed to build muscles and makes one bigger, faster, and stronger. It is not possible to detect deer antler spray in drug tests and amateur and professional athletes around the world may be using it as the risk of getting caught is not that high. According to the Baltimore Sun, deer antlers are clipped off to make a deer-antler spray and then they are either grind, frozen, or cooked to get out the nutrients.

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said the team knew about the report and Ryan has denied taking anything and has always passed all tests.

IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and circulates in the body. It is used to signal receptors in muscle cells to multiply and grow. Moreover, it aids growth and promote muscle strength in normal ranges besides increasing metabolism of carbohydrates to bring more sugars to the cells to assist in the growth of muscles.

Don Catlin, the former head of UCLA’s Olympic Analytical Lab, remarked that IGF-1 is “just like giving someone human growth hormone.” Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who studies growth hormone at Johns Hopkins University, remarked that there is no proof of a successful way to deliver IGF-1 in pill or spray form.

Professional golfer Vijay Singh recently admitted to using the deer-antler spray but claimed that he was not aware that it may contain a substance banned by the US PGA Tour. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he revealed using the spray. The magazine revealed that the golfer paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids` owners USD 9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products. He added that he has been in contact with the PGA Tour and fully cooperating with their review of the matter. In another development, former British Open winner Bob Charles of New Zealand has disclosed that he used and promoted a banned deer-antler spray for more than 20 years and is surprised to know that it contains a substance that violates the doping protocols of golf.

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